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Annal 1328


1328 First of January on Friday and the eleventh day of the moon, MCCCXXVIII. Eighteenth year of the Lunar Cycle; eleventh year of the Indiction; fourth year of the Solar Cycle. Common year. CB.


Maelsechlainn O Raigillig, lord of the Muinter Mailmorda, was captured and wounded by the Meath Galls. He was ransomed, hostages being given, but died of his wounds in his own house.


Much thunder and lightning this year, whereby much of the fruit and produce of all Ireland was ruined, and the corn grew up white and blind.


A general visitation of the sickness called slaedan, throughout Ireland. It lasted three or four days with each person whom it attacked, and it was next to death for him.


The Brown Earl, that is William Burke son of Sir John son of the Red Earl, came to Ireland this year.


Donnchad Ruad O Gadra and five others of his race were killed.


Conchobar Mac Branain, eligible for the chieftaincy of the Corca Achlann, was killed by the Muinter Angaile.


Daibed Mac Gilla Comgain the gallowglass and fourteen


of his followers were killed by Donnchad Gall son of Domnall O Conchobair, and Donnchad himself was grievously wounded in the fight.


Dubessa, daughter of O hEilide and wife of Domnall son of Andrias, the best warrior's daughter of her time and the most famous and most prosperous, died this year.


A great intolerable wind this summer, with scarcity of food and clothing.


Walter Burke made a great raid on the Connachta, plundering many of the officers of Toirrdelbach O Conchobair, king of Connacht.


Sir Seon Mac Feorais, Earl of Louth, the most active and vigorous, generous and bountiful baron in Ireland, was treacherously killed by his own people, the Galls of Oriel, and many noble Galls and Gaels were killed along with him. And with him was killed Maelruanaid Mac Cerbaill, the king of musicmaking, called Gilla Caech, and a brother of his; and none knows if there ever was or ever will be so good a player on the timpe.


Muiris O Gibillain, chief master in Ireland of Law both old and new, Civil and Canon, a learned and erudite philosopher accomplished in poetry and Ogham lore and many other arts, a choral canon at Tuaim and at Elphin and at Achonry and at Killala and at Annadown and at Clonfert, Official and general judge of the archdiocese, rested in Christ.


Tomas O Mellaig, Bishop of Annadown, died at the Papal court this year.


Brian son of Tomaltach Mac Donnchada was killed by Brian son of Tadc Mac Donnchada.


William Earl of Ulster assembled a great force, including Toirrdelbach O Conchobair, king of Connacht, and Muirchertach O Brian, king of Thomond and the rest of Munster, against Brian Ban O Briain. Brian Ban defeated O Briain, and Conchobar O Briain, well fitted through his tall and comely person and his bounty to be King of Ireland, was killed, together with four score others gentle and simple.


An important meeting was held between Walter son of William Burke and Gilliberd Mac Gosdelb of the one part, and Maelruanaid Mac Diarmata, his son Tomaltach, Tomaltach Mac Donnchada and the Clann Mailruanaid of the other, at Ath Cind Locha Deichet.



A complete rout was inflicted on Macwilliam, wherein Brian son of Tadc Mac Donnchada was killed by his own kinsman, to avenge Brian son of Tomaltach Mac Donnchada, whom he had killed before.


Donnchad Gall son of Domnall O Conchobair was killed by Aed son of Tadc son of Maelsechlainn son of Magnus [O Conchobair].